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The Keffiyeh

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The Keffiyeh


Published December 9, 2008


When I was in New York last summer, checkered scarves of all colors were seen around the necks of hipsters and artists alike. I recognized the checkered patterns , but was bewildered when I saw that in 89 degree weather, these scarves were not coming off, even though every other type of clothing was. I was even more surprised to see that next to a pashmina street boutique on 5th Ave was a keffiyeh vendor, and I had to raise an eyebrow when I saw one of New York's finest Upper East side mother come out of Tiffany's, strut over to the street boutique and purchase a keffiyeh-patterned, pashmina-cut scarf, stuff it in her Channel bag and trot off down the street.

This project is about the keffiyeh and how it came from Palestine to America, and all the media surrounding it's appropriation. I wanted to explore how it is that a piece of fabric that represents solidarity, loyalty, culture and the struggle for freedom to Palestinians became mainstream and all of the political tensions surrounding how the keffiyeh is used.


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